Ex-Student Wants to End It With Mary Kay Letourneau
Vili Fualaau files for legal separation
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2017 5:46 PM CDT
Updated May 31, 2017 2:33 AM CDT
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Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, seen here being interviewed by Barbara Walters in 2015, are separating after 12 years of marriage.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau are separating after 12 years of marriage—and 20 years after Letourneau was arrested for having sex with her then-12-year-old student. TMZ reports Fualaau filed for legal separation this month. An unnamed source tells People Letourneau, 55, and Fualaau, 33, have "been having issues for a while now" but are "still committed to being good parents to their children." Letourneau's attorney says the two "were totally in love," but "when one person is unhappy in the relationship, the other person can’t be happy either." The couple had been hosting "Hot for Teacher" nights together at a Seattle nightclub, the Seattle Times reports.

Letourneau first met Fualaau when he was in second grade. They started a sexual relationship in 1996 when Fualaau was in sixth grade and Letourneau was 34. Letourneau was arrested in 1997 after getting pregnant with Fualaau's child. She was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for second-degree child rape. She gave birth to their second child while still behind bars. Letourneau was released in 2004 and married Fualaau in 2005. She remains a registered sex offender.

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